On This Day

March 1940 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 3 American bandleader Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci

Film Premier

Mar 14 "The Road to Singapore" directed by Victor Schertzinger starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, first of seven such films premieres

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • Mar 2 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)

Johnny Ventura

Mar 8 Johnny Ventura [Juan de Dios Ventura] Dominican singer, merengue and salsa bandleader (“Patacon Pisao”), and politician (Mayor of Santiago, 1998-2002), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (d. 2021) [1]

Merengue Singer and Politician Johnny Ventura
Merengue Singer and Politician
Johnny Ventura
  • Mar 10 Dean Torrence, American surf music singer (Jan & Dean - "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 10 Francis Schwartz, composer
  • Mar 11 Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
  • Mar 11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Mar 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • Mar 13 Candi [Canzetta Maria] Staton, American gospel singer ("Young Hearts Run Free"), born in Hanceville, Alabama
  • Mar 15 Phil Lesh [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 16 Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter
  • Mar 20 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Mar 20 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Mar 21 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Mar 21 Chip Taylor [James Voight], American songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Wild Thing"), singer, and producer, born in Yonkers, New York
  • Mar 23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 25 Anita Bryant, American singer (George Gobel Show) and anti-homosexuality campaigner, born in Barnsdall, Oklahoma
  • Mar 26 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), born in Fresno, California (d. 2007)
  • Mar 27 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 29 Raymond Davis, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic - "Knee Deep"), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • Mar 29 Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian samba singer ("The Girl From Ipanema"), born in Salvador, Brazil
  • Mar 29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British pop singer ("Well I Ask You"), born in New Delhi, British India

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 25 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, dies at 51